I came across this video clip from @harrisonmike. He was talking about how these ads make him smile. The proverbial light bulb went off. You could use commercials like this one to teach main idea, tone, purpose and audience. For example, it is a bit unclear what the message is in this ad for Snickers. I would show the kids this ad and not mention the title. I would then ask the kids to share/discuss/ write down the answers to these questions:
1. What would you title this commercial?
2. Who is the audience and what is the purpose?
3. What is the tone of this commercial?
4. What is the main idea?
What an engaging way to practice these skills for the TAKS test!